Hearing aids — when paired with accessories like the ComPilot, Roger Pen, and Roger Select — make music better and easier to listen to.
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But there is something about a concert atmosphere that makes music so much more awesome. Seeing favorite artists live and physically feeling the beats that are part of favorite songs make concerts worth attending. I have gone to many and have some tips on how to optimize your listening experience.
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A little while ago, there was a viral video about a rapper impressed by the sign language interpreter at his concert. This video got me thinking – how many artists have interpreters? Turns out, not enough. Deaf accessibility at concerts is a serious problem, as many concerts and entertainment companies have yet to make them fully accessible.
“Deaf accessibility at concerts is a serious problem, as many concerts and entertainment companies have yet to make them fully accessible.”
Artists such as Chance the Rapper (who brought his interpreter on the whole tour) and Eminem have all had concerts with ASL interpreters. Smaller music venues have slowly started including ASL interpreters as well. Sadly, many larger and more popular venues are missing the mark in not making things accessible. I am really disappointed; this is a serious problem. Do not hesitate to reach out to concert venues to see if they can provide something that can fit your needs.
Music is an outlet for many people, no matter how we are feeling. Concerts let us experience that live. Use these tips for your next concert experience!
Do you have any other tips for attending concerts?